This weekend was about making earring findings - lots and lots of ear wires with gemstone or glass beads. The designs are all similar, a bead with a wire frame, but they also vary slightly as I tried my hand at different techniques for making them.
I also made some simple earrings, french hooks with a gemstone bead. These ones are ready to wear.
I used blue goldstone beads. I had to look up goldstone to find out that it is a man-made stone - which is a nice way to say it is glass. But it is so pretty when the light catches the layers of sparkles! I hope you can see them in the pictures.
Most of the ear wires are made with jeweler's red brass wire - which looks like gold. I've had it kicking around in my wire bin for a long time, and I guess it finally worked it's way to the top of the pile. I really like the temper and color of the red brass. It's not the same as the brass wire you get at the hardware store - since it has a color that is more golden and, well, less brassy. ;)
The silver ear wires are sterling silver filled. It was a productive day. I'm hoping to finish these into earrings this week.